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Friday, June 27, 2008

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Maybe Beta through Gamma

There are times I think the Judeo-Christian tradition needs to chuck the metaphor of father for God—too much baggage for most people to formulate a positive theology around. Who needs a higher power who blows up over nothing, works overtime through your Little League game, and sometimes only pretends to be listening when you're trying to tell him something? Admit it, even if yours did earn the World's Greatest Dad mug, if he were the Alpha and the Omega, we'd all be screwed.

I try to even it out with maternal images, but there you're limited too. The trouble with anthropomorphizing God is that the molds are all dented.

Then I spot a dad radiating father energy in its purest and highest form, and I think, maybe that does get part of it.




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Blogger Joy! said...

"father energy" Yes!
S'wunderful. S'magical. :)

And thank you for the kirtsy nod. I'm honored.

11:49 AM  
Blogger elaine said...

I definitely picked the right post to read during my mid-morning coffee/blogging/time-to-pause-and-reflect break.

Such a beautiful, loving, thoughtful post.

I think of my own dad (who passed on 7 years ago) and my brother who is an amazing father to two young girls...

and say "yes" to what you have written, especially that even though "the molds are all dented" we can glimpse God in "father energy."

Thank you for this gift.

1:19 PM  
Blogger jenB said...

I am veritably wordless except for awesome post. :-)


2:13 PM  
Blogger /brandon\ said...

ah, so that's why southern baptism is so popular! too much cold water up here. we'd be left unsaved 10 months out of the year.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

The photos make your point crystal clear...joyous!

8:32 PM  
Blogger Angella said...

Oh, we are so going to tale "Faith/father" issues at BlogHer.

Because I hear you, girlfriend.

8:42 PM  

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